Showing posts from June, 2009

Hidden values of obstacles

Michael Hyatt recently discussed the value of obstacles on his blog. He encouraged his readers to learn to embrace obstacles instead of resisting or resenting them. Obstacles can shape, hone, and prepare people for the tasks ahead. Obstacles can challenge and reveal our priorities and perspectives.

Great reading, good encouragement:

The Necessity of Obstacles, Part 1
The Necessity of Obstacles, Part 2

Michael Hyatt's comments on this topic remind me of what Randy Pausch said of obstacles in his Last Lecture:
"The brick walls are there for a reason... The brick walls are not there to keep us out, the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something," he said. "Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They're there to stop the OTHER people."Good to remember.

How about you? What obstacle do you face today? What can you learn from it?

Review: The King's Legacy by Jim Stovall

The King's Legacy: A Story of Wisdom for the Ages by Jim Stovall, David C. Cook, 2009.

This edition of The King's Legacy is the second printing, a gift edition with a presentation page. This little book by the best-selling author of The Ultimate Gift is a fast read and attractively illustrated with black and white sketches.

The introduction was friendly, thanking me for investing time in reading this book. Stovall won my attention right away when I read, "My greatest desire is that your investment of time will be richly rewarded and pay wonderful dividends for the rest of your life."

Yeah, you and me both. In this economy we can all use a few wonderful dividends.

The story sounds like a fairy tale, of sorts, but a search for wisdom has timeless value, the kind that comes with dividends.

Stovall weaves a tale of an enchanted kingdom long ago and far away, where a king decides to leave a legacy. One of his wise men suggest that a legacy of the Wisdom of the Ages would be la…

When Early was late

We've been exploring the history of the region in recent months. So, we visited a nearby Civil War site and learned more about the Battle of Monocacy, the "Battle That Saved Washington."

Some of the events of that Civil War battle inspire me.

In July 1864, Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace commanded the irregular Union forces that positioned themselves in Frederick, Md. when Lt. Gen. Jubal Early's hardened soldiers marched toward Washington, D.C. Wallace was outnumbered, but his inexperienced troops battled through the day.

Technically, the Battle of Monocacy was recorded as a Confederate victory since the Confederates eventually overran the Union forces and pushed them into a retreat to Baltimore. In a longer view, the battle helped to achieve a victory days later at Fort Stevens.

Hours mattered.

The hours that Early and his forces fought in Frederick gave General Ulysses S. Grant time to reinforce defenses around Washington, D.C. So, by the time Early's straggling and exhausted…